MES and longer smoke times

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by bvalentz, May 14, 2009.

  1. I have a MES and was curious to see what methods you guys use to get longer smoke times before adding wood in side bin?thanks
  2. scubadoo97

    scubadoo97 Smoking Fanatic

    I can get by for about 2 hrs with a couple of chunks of wood. That's as long as I can go before the TBS is gone.
  3. werdwolf

    werdwolf Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I use chips. Add about every 30-40 minutes.
  4. reichl

    reichl Meat Mopper

    I have wanted to try chunks for a while but I have so many chips I dont feel like getting chunks. I add every 30-40 min like werdwolf. I always watch my MES closely because it has a tendinsy to smoke too much right when you put in chips then smoke too little after they burn heavy. I probably should try chunks though considering I have been putting charcoal in the wood tray lately.
  5. farnsworth

    farnsworth Fire Starter

    I've used chunks of maple, about 1x2" and found they generated smoke thicker than I wanted, so I wrapped the wood in aluminum foil and put it in the tray. Started off nicely, with the foil slowing down the smoke production, but after a while it ended up accumulating the gases and they would 'whump' as they went off, gathered more gas, and when 'whump' again every 30 seconds or so.

    So, I put a couple of charcoal briquets in the tray to get a smoke ring going and feed the wood chips about every 45 minutes.

    Could be a project called for here, an auger style screw on a clockwork timer would work. But then again, I wouldn't have an excuse to hang around the food all day babysitting it [​IMG]
  6. ronp

    ronp Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I use only chunks now, helps some.

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